Good morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 16Nov2016. Turkey Day creeps up upon us! (If you are not American, tell your boss you are and take the day off! You can be Spanish or French or British tomorrow. J The spread is a basic, throw-it-out-in-the-dark-and-see-who-bites-it three-card draw. No cute name, no designed purpose. I’m decent enough with the cards so that I don’t need one, actually, and if you feel you can trust your inner Ma’at (Justice, Balance, Rightness) enough to call & balance their polarities, then by all means do so! It is much akin to bespoke tailoring or precision haute couture, but of course it helps to be a Coco Chanel or a Gieves & Hawkes (Savile Row) master tailor. Grin! In general, I thought “vaguely masculine concepts” when pulling the first card, during the 2nd thinking “okay, just drop the card right into the lovely passive feminine channel you have waiting for it” and the third comes with NO other qualifier or limitation other than everything about it is androgynous (and thus Mercurian, as in Hermes Trismegistus.) After all the drama, the doom & gloom, the ‘sturm und drang’ of yesterday’s cards, today is positively delightful! Although, c’mon, let’s not do that, minimize & falsely maximize card readings as if they were Shakespearean drama; life has enough inherent drama without needing additions! So, no deaths, no fall off of a skyscraper, not even a trip to the ER for food poisoning, but just the same, my active force today is a pretty active, defensive character, the Knight (Hero) of Swords? I notice that today’s “line-up” is all “men”
(yes, of course they are not gendered, but these representations are.) Hell, I’m even fruitful! Now, I can’ say that as a parent I am entirely faithful to myself, because I have given birth to an androgyne. Excellent! And the Androgyne starts his own journey forward from them, representing humanity after its birth from divinity, and its ability to “etherize” the formers’ experiences to provide fuel for his own journey. My inner Magus is happy with his role of the passive feminine, because it really IS a bitch when he has to go active; energy consumption goes through the roof! And finally, my little aspirant himself is very happy, having been invited to initiation on his own Path and in such a way as to ensure his continued, joyful participation in his own enlightenment. Now let’s look at some of the more technical data on these cards. First, this Hero/Knight of Cups, In THIS deck, the Hero of Cups is actually ranked ABOVE the king, more like an avatar of the suit itself. And yet, on the other hand, for all sorts of reasons, fits into the Knight ‘slot.’ There is really no other way to explain it than to just share with you the only thing the creator of the deck gave to us, a list of attributes. Therefore, the Hero is: firstly, he represents “The Quest for a Perfect Reputation.” (Simmer down, simmer down, no need to take out your snarkometers, I’m not going to riff off of something which obviously doesn’t mean concretely how we interpret it 100+ years later.) “Lord of the Winds and Breezes. He comes with a burden of self-doubt. He is/has: Skill in destruction; Bravery in defense; Address toward expediency; Resistance to loss of tradition; Enmity and wrath with honor at stake War; Resistance Ruin before a sacrifice of principle Death before dishonor Glories in the degree of opposition the archetype of The Warrior A soldier; A Lawyer; Heroic Action predicted for a soldier.”
(LWB) He sounds rather like that Jean-Claude Van Damme film, *Universal Soldier.* I haven’t encountered this kind of militarist wet-dream fantasy since I was a young adolescent at a military academy, a VERY long time ago! Ha! Well, whatever for the overtestosteronization of my nonexistent military image aside, it IS masculine and more or less what is called for in my daily grind – that’s just my life, Mark L. Patton slapping that whining grocery clerk around until he breaks down and bawls. Hahaha! On to the Passive, which I find rather cool, I the Magus. The Magus should be able to handle a day-long stretch of inhabiting our anima . . . (I hope.) (Thierens wrote the following while contemplating a RWS Magician, but the theory applies.) “Above his head is the mysterious sign of the Holy Spirit, the sign of life, like an endless cord, forming the figure 8 in a horizontal position. About his waist is a serpent-cincture, the serpent appearing to devour its own tail. This is familiar to most as a conventional symbol of eternity, but here it indicates more especially the eternity of attainment in the spirit. In the Magician's right hand is a wand raised towards heaven, while the left hand is pointing to the earth. This dual sign is known in very high grades of the Instituted Mysteries; it shews the descent of grace, virtue and light, drawn from things above and derived to things below. The suggestion throughout is therefore the possession and communication of the Powers and Gifts of the Spirit. On the table in front of the Magician are the symbols of the four Tarot suits, signifying the elements of natural life, which lie like counters before the adept, and he adapts them as he wills. . . . . This card signifies the divine motive in man, reflecting God, the will in the liberation of its union with that which is above. It is also the unity of individual being on all planes, and in a very high sense it is thought, in the fixation thereof. With further reference to what I have called the sign of life and its connection with the number 8, it may be remembered that Christian Gnosticism speaks of rebirth in Christ as a change "unto the Ogdoad.” ” And after a labor SO intense I turned the sky purple with my language, I gave birth to 0 the Aspirant. OF COURSE it was the most beautiful baby in the Universe!! Aren’t they all? Back on the Path, and Mark, no matter where you are on the Path, today take the attitude of an Aspirant, a beginner, a newbie, and try to look at your journey today with those old “new eyes” . . .good, eh? Yes, and I FEEL refreshed today, so that is good, not having to deal with any dark and threatening shit hanging over from yesterday? So, back to reading some C. C. Zain after this, and a quiet day “in the office,” I hope. As for the Aspirant, where I’ll be today as him, he is “The average stage of man in the present stage of Earth-evolution is 'human,' but not yet at the stage of wisdom, consequently that of the 'unwise man.' To us, creatures living upon the Earth, this globe cannot be observed by us in toto, and the Fool is represented as a man walking without paying attention to himself. There is something of absolute Fate about this figure, which reminds us of the old saying of astrologers: "The wise man rules his stars, the fool obeys them." On the point of this fatality all authorities agree. For the rest the explanation does not seem very satisfying. To us there appears to be no doubt regarding the nature of this Fool, presented as a final 'principle,' if we may call it that, after those of the planets. A principle, however, without a number, a principle of nothing, nothingness.” (Ibid) I’m not sure ANYTHING today needs to be that theory soaked and set alight with a fanatical brand of metaphysical wood, do-or-die! Enlightenment! I rather like the idea that “the planets give us the symbols or ideas of organs of consciousness, the zodiacal signs denote modes of substance, from which consciousness is derived. So the zero-principle is the symbol of unconsciousness. In fact he who is unconscious, of himself or of Self, will obey every intimation from without and obeys 'his stars'--his senses, stupidly, blindly.” (Ibid) Now THAT sounds like observational prudence, at the least! Well, whatever; as for myself, I’m going to ask the Cosmos to give us ALL some sense of relief when proportion turns out to have a smaller scale in mind than we imagined, above all if measuring grief. Be Well!